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Was "Roots" Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 10:39 AM
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Sergio's post earlier today (Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?), reminded me of an editorial/survey I posted on the old Shadow And Act site, back in the fall of 2009, titled Was Roots Enough? Slavery And The Holocaust In American Movies. I reposted it below, since a lot of you weren't readers of the site at the time, as a companion piece to Sergio's, looking at the matter from a different angle. The title should give you some clues as to what my approach was.
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Watch Trailer For "Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary"

  • By Monique
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  • June 23, 2011 9:29 AM
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From Artemus Jenkins and acclaimed tattoo artist Miya Bailey comes the documentary film, Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary. Ah, a topic close to my heart! From their kickstarter page:

UK Broadcasters Respond To Claims Of Black Actors Leaving For Opportunities In The USA

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 8:25 AM
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4 responses to last week's post about the so-called UK talent drain, as black British actors flee to the USA in search of believed to be better opportunities to work... if you missed the discussion click HERE & HERE to catch up...

Showtime Developing Project That Explores 1970s Music Scene From All Perspectives

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 7:24 AM
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From a Deadline exclusive:
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Terence Blanchard Will Compose Original Music For Broadway Revival Of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 7:06 AM
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He's only recently completed work on the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails, and now it's been announced that jazzman, and Spike Lee's favorite composer, Terence Blanchard, will compose the original musical for the upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which, as was recently announced, Blair Underwood will star in, making his Broadway debut playing Stanley Kowalski.
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David Alan Grier Talks "We The Peeples;" Drops Release Date!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 6:08 AM
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Well... as I said in my last post about the project, we haven't heard much of anything about it since early announcements last summer/fall; and suddenly, I've posted 2 items (including this one) about the film, in the last week! That tells me we're getting closer to seeing something of it - a poster, still images, clips, even a trailer. I'm anxious to see what this group of actors (Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll and David Alan Grier), and first-time director (Tina Gordon Chism) have created. I should also note that the film is produced by Tyler Perry.

Trailer For Noel Clarke/Thandie Newton Dramedy "Huge" Arrives! Opens In Theaters Next Month

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 5:31 AM
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Ok... so we finally get our first real look at the British drama/comedy starring Brit renaissance man Noel Clarke and Thandie Newton, amongst others, by way of a trailer which I embedded below.

Don Cheadle Talks Miles Davis Project: "It’s Not Deep. It’s Not Serious Fare"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 23, 2011 5:21 AM
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"It’s still grinding. We’re talking about coming onto these films and trying to get the financing for stuff that’s not your standard, down the middle of the road studio movie fare. It’s tough. People think it’s niche, although our treatment of the script, it’s not a biopic. It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare. It’s not a cradle to grave sort of overview of his entire life. The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven’t even engaged because of what they perceive it’s going to be. They go “Oh, we don’t want to do a movie like that.” I say “Have you read it?” “No, I haven’t read it.” “Well read it and then say you don’t want to do a movie like that.” So it’s having to push through a lot of these things and confront people. Once they read it, they’re like “Oh, this is great.” So everyone’s really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film."

Can A Serious Film Be Made About American Slavery?

  • By Sergio
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  • June 23, 2011 4:48 AM
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  • 36 Comments
I've been meaning to get to this topic since it was bought up briefly on last Weds (June 15th) podcast and I thought right now I would throw it out there to hear what you say. But seriously could a serious film about slavery in the U.S. be made?

American Idol's "Corny" Randy Jackson Planning Own Talk Show

  • By Sergio
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  • June 23, 2011 4:30 AM
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From the very (that's very) few times that I've seen American Idol judge Randy Jackson always struck me as the corniest corn pone on TV.
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